A Scare at Bedtime was an Irish Urban Legends/Horror show originally broadcast on RTÉ Two (called 'Network 2' at the time). It was created after RTÉ commissioned for something to fill the ten minute gap just before the eleven (at night) o'clock news created by the shortness of the show before.Each episode concerned the two elderly puppet identical twin brothers Padraig Judas 'Podge' O'Leprocy and Rodraig Spartacus 'Rodge' O'Leprocy who live alone in a creepy old former insane asylum, Ballydung Manor (pictured to the right). Also living with them is an insane old nurse they call 'Granny' who is dating the devil and practicing black magic; and their diseased cat Pox.It ran for 150 episodes between 1997 and 2006.A related talk show, hosted by the two brothers, The Podge and Rodge Show, ran between 2006 and 2010.
A Scare at Bedtime provides examples of:
- Abandoned Hospital / Bedlam House: Ballydung Manor, a very old former insane asylum in the middle of nowhere. Perfect for the kind of stories Podge tells, though.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: At one point, one of the websites Rodge rattles off, www.livefrogsupyourarse.com was an actual website.
- Buried Alive: Henry Madden in 'Lazybones'.
- Darker and Edgier: The character of Podge originated on an Irish RTÉ children's show, The Den. The humour and stories in A Scare at Bedtime are considerably more adult and sex-themed.
- Eye Scream: One story focused on a guy whose eyesight was suffering due to excessive use of his laptop while on the road. He gets glasses, but finds they fog up during his web surfing, so he gets contact lenses. Unfortunately, he falls asleep on his laptop with them still in. They wind up melted into his eyes.
- Flowery Insults: Podge is particularly creative in insulting his brother.Podge: You scuttering arse-ache!
- Hand Puppet: Podge and Rodge.
- Madwoman in the Attic: 'Granny'.
- Our Banshees Are Louder: The episode 'Banshee', unsurprisingly.
- Phone Call from the Dead: Gabby Natter receives one from her dead husband Jim in 'Dead Ringer'.
- Pun-Based Title: Its title is a parody of A Prayer at Bedtime, a religious programme shown at night on sister channel RTÉ One that is about as far away as possible in content to this one.
- Punny Name: Almost all of Podge's characters and their hometowns have humourous, sex-based names. Examples include Cormac McAnus, Proinsias Ní Crotch and Fionnula FitzGibblet.
- Strictly Formula: In each episode, the two brothers are in bed together or at the kitchen table in later series; Podge tells a horror story to warn Rodge off something he had done that day or something with Rodge had mentioned.
- Rodge always interrupts Podge's stories, talking about sex or masturbation.
- Urban Legends: Most of the stories Podge tells are well-known urban legends worldwide, adapted into Ireland.